Photos by Joshua Touster
You may remember earlier this year when the band RANA announced a reunion concert in honor of keyboardist, Matt Trowbridge's 40th birthday. That band which also includes drummer Ryan Thornton, bassist Andrew Southern, and Scott Metzger on guitar, was unable to play the concert due to COVID-19.
The silver lining, Charm Parade. Charm Parade is made up of bassist Andrew Southern and Ryan Thornton on drums and vocals. The band came together organically after the RANA reunion did not come to fruition this year.
Thornton tells Tour Stories, "About 15 years ago Andrew told me that he wants to form a band with me as the lead singer someday, and that whenever that happens, it will be called Charm Parade. So here we are!
The absence of the RANA show was in part the push over the edge that we needed to get this happening. There was a void that we were able to fill by working on these songs, and we wrote songs that we hope fill a void for the listeners, and bring joy to their day.
There are certainly some veiled (or not so veiled) hints at the c...
On June 25th, 2020 Neighbor the group from MA generating a sort of grassroots movement of sorts played their first live show in recent months at the Tupelo Drive- In in Derry, NH.
And midway through a show opening Mighty Apple Tree, there it was, that missing thing over these last few months laced in the misery of an uncertain future and a present taken from our collective lives. The gift of live music, of forgetting everything, if only for a few moments, as the band was back and at their full powers creating that solid foundation onto which guitarist Lyle Brewer could build a tower of sound, bending that sunburst PRS into submission and squeezing every last bit of sound out of those lonely strings.
It had been a long and trying 107 days since the “Fab Four” of Neighbor graced a stage in front of an au...